n South African Journal of Child Health - South African and African priorities for child health research : opinion




Every year more than 10 million children die before they turn 5, and African children have the best chance of doing so. Thirty of the 31 countries globally with the highest mortality rates are in sub-Saharan Africa. How do we respond to that? We may think that research is a luxury when African health resources are so limited, but the more limited the available resources, the more research evidence is needed to guide hard choices on how to use those resources. Unfortunately African and other low- and middle-income countries have less of a research evidence base than industrialised countries on which to draw, and African children seem to have been systematically ignored even by the countries in which they live.


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